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Are Rite In The Rain Waterproof Notebooks Eco-Friendly?

Rite In The Rain notebooks and All-Weather paper may be durable, damage-resistant and waterproof, but are they environmentally friendly? Care to find out?

Rite In The Rain have become known around the globe for their waterproof notebooks, but they should be equally recognised for their dedication to sustainability and environmental conservation. For instance, though they are incredibly strong, durable and can be written on underwater, Rite In The Rain All-Weather paper is a natural product that can be recycled along with any other type of paper. Unfortunately, the same cannot always be said about other waterproof paper products.

Many alternatives to Rite In The Rain All-Weather Paper are made from synthetic materials, such as plastic, or have been given polymeric coatings to enhance their durability and make them waterproof. Paper that has been made from or coated with synthetic materials cannot be recycled along with organic paper, so they are more likely to be considered general waste and end up either burned or buried in a landfill.

The All-Weather Paper used in Rite In The Rain waterproof notebooks is not the only part that is recyclable. Rite In The Rain use 3 distinct covers, 2 of which - Fabrikoid and Field-Flex - are made from organic materials and can be recycled along with paper. The third, Polydura, contains polyethylene but once separated from its pages, can be recycled along with any other common household plastic. Their recyclability is not the only thing remarkable about these covers, though each does have its own unique characteristics. To find out what else they have to offer, read our Rite In The Rain Notebook Covers comparison.

Though important, recyclability is not the only consideration when it comes to being environmentally friendly. Fortunately, Rite In The Rain are nothing if not consistent. To start with, the paper stock that will eventually become All-Weather Paper is sustainably sourced from Forestry Stewardship Council-certified suppliers. The paper is then treated with a water-based coating, the only byproduct of which is steam, and any printing that needs to be done is carried out using soy-based inks.

As of the year 2000, the process that turns the raw materials into Rite In The Rain notebooks, legal pads, printing paper, and so on is almost completely free from emissions. In fact, the emissions are so low that the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency gave the processing facility a D- rating, meaning it has a minimal impact on air quality at most and “not pose a threat to humans or the environment”.